Handbook for weaving human rights, SDGs, and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

This handbook, edited by Claudia Ituarte-Lima and Maria Schultz, discusses strategies on how to weave the human right to a clean and healthy environment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework with a focus on the Global South. The authors, from various institutions and countries, reveal innovative strategies being utilized at international, national and local levels to recognize and implement the right to a healthy environment. The global recognition of the human right to a healthy environment would be a significant step in empowering courageous environmental human rights defenders, women and men, youth and children who are ready to stand-up for human rights and healthy ecosystems. Building on collective efforts such as the Machakos peer to peer Dialogue and the Nairobi workshop, two complementary strategies are proposed to inform the post-2020 global biodiversity framework: a) a right to a healthy environment as a stand-alone target and b) rights-based approach incorporated across all targets.

“The authors have provided a useful guide, showing the pathways that could enable humanity to reverse the daunting trends of ecological deterioration, achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, and leave no-one behind. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in its 2018 Special Report, the future of human society depends on our ability to undertake rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes at all levels of society. This visionary publication merges law, policy and practice to illustrate, in the context of biodiversity, how we might achieve such transformations.”

David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, and Associate Professor of Law, Policy, and Sustainability at University of British Columbia.

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